THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Sometimes we get tired of hearing about the need to be in God’s word every day. I know I have felt that way sometimes. That said, the fact remains that without the Bible we cannot hope to practice true Christianity. Regular reading of the Scriptures is how we “inhale” the “oxygen” of the faith. Just as in the physical sense, if we don’t breathe, we die. 

The Bible, particularly the New Testament, is the only place people who want to be followers of Jesus can find His story, in His words. It is also the only place they can read the words, spoken through the prophets of the Old Testament, of the One who Jesus referred to as His Father. 

The Bible and true Christianity are inseparable. Denominations that have disregarded scripture to be more “progressive” and “culturally relevant” have, in a sense, cut off the very limb they once stood upon. Perhaps that is why such denominations have been rapidly losing people in recent decades. 

Watered-down Christianity just isn’t compelling in the long run. Truly biblical Christianity is booming in many parts of the world. Maybe that is because people in those places want the real thing or nothing at all. 

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17 NKJV

This thought was written by Shea Oakley.  Shea is Principal Contributor for FCAP Social Media and also serves on our Advisory Board.

Greetings From New Zealand!

Josh Shotton in New Zealand wrote the following and shared the accompanying photo:

“FCAP down under in Christchurch finally got back up and running again tonight (November 19) for the first time in many, many years!  Great time of fellowship over dinner with discussions about how we move forward as a group in the new year after the Christmas/New Year chaotic period is all done … as well as encouraging each other about being an ambassador for Christ in the workplace.

About half the people could not make it, so there are plenty of others not pictured here who have said they are keen to be involved.

Everyone left with a bag tag and a pen and were keen to spread the word to fellow crew members – Praise God!”

We in FCAP  look forward to seeing how God is going to work in and through this group in the days ahead!

IN THE JETSTREAM – December 2022

  The end of the calendar year always seems to be the busiest time of year. Whether it be work related projects reaching their deadlines, or the planning and preparation of family gatherings and Christmas parties, attending and participating in various Christmas programs, or even going on vacation during the holidays, the end of the year always seems to be a time crammed with various activities.  So, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I would like to draw our attention to the reason for the season, Christ Himself – the gift of grace.

Uniqueness in Biblical Christianity

    Many years ago, I had the unique opportunity to study several world religions and faiths. What’s unique to Biblical Christianity as opposed to any other belief system out there is that only in Biblical Christianity do you find grace. So, what is grace and how do we define it? G.W. Knight I think captures it well: When a person works an eight-hour day and receives a fair day’s pay for his time, that is a wage. When a person competes with an opponent and receives a trophy for his performance, that is a prize. When a person receives appropriate recognition for his long service or high achievements, that is an award. But when a person is not capable of earning a wage, can win no prize, and deserves no award—yet receives such a gift anyway—that is a good picture of God’s unmerited favor – the grace of God.”

What is Grace?

   If justice is getting what we deserve and mercy is not getting what we deserve, then grace would be getting what we don’t deserve – God’s unmerited favor. What we actually deserve is a punishment that is equal to our sin. Consider Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Also, in Romans 3:23-24 we read, “Since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God and are being justified [declared free of the guilt of sin, made acceptable to God, and granted eternal life] as a gift by His [precious, undeserved] grace, through the redemption [the payment for our sin] which is [provided] in Christ Jesus” (Amplified Bible).

Thankfully, God freely gives us His grace, instead of unleashing His wrath towards us. He offers complete justification through His Son – to forgive and forget. Grace is God’s unmerited favor for sinners who simply admit their own inadequacy and therefore depend on God’s grace for forgiveness and salvation. The plan of salvation is one of substitution where God executed His divine judgement upon Himself and not on us. The clearest picture of God’s grace is at Calvary where Jesus, the Son of God, died in our place. Simply put, God’s grace is God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.

Power to Live

    Not only does His grace make us accepted into the family of God, but it also provides us the power we need to live the Christian life. As we trust and obey God’s Word, His grace – His enabling power, will help us continually. In every area of our lives, it is God’s grace that causes us to grow and be strong. See 2 Peter 3:18. Trust Him in the fact that He does indeed have us in the palm of His hands. Rest in the grace that He offers. Jesus said, “My peace I leave with you” (John 14:27).  Trust His grace and acknowledge His peace. Jesus also says, “Come unto Me all you who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

 

Demonstration of Grace

   Grace is not something just to be claimed (something we receive from God) but it is also meant to be demonstrated. God’s grace is incredible. Because of His grace, He is fully satisfied with you and me! God’s grace is enough to save us, to secure us, to sanctify us, to sustain us, and to strengthen us. Our mission is to accept His grace, trust His grace, and share His grace.

 

 

Let’s make the decision today to not only receive God’s grace into every area of our lives, but also to demonstrate and share His grace with those around us.

Let’s focus on the reason for the season this Christmas season as we remember the Savior’s birth, His physical manifestation here on Earth as He stepped into time for our sakes.

Have you accepted this free gift?

(If you have not done so, please contact us.  It would be a joy for us to share with you more about God’s wonderful gift of grace.)


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 This article was written by Jake Joseph.  Jake is a pilot with a major airline and also serves as General Director of FCAP.

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us,
to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

Ephesians 3:20 NLT

Is your airline cutting back on supplies you need to do your job, and do it well, because they say money is scarce? So, it often is with the things of this world but God’s ability to help us is unlimited and always will be.

It is easy to forget that as Christians we have access to unlimited resources. The God to whom we have given our lives is not finite. This may seem to some like spiritual common sense, but it is one thing to affirm the unlimited power of God in our heads and another to believe it in our hearts.

We live in a world of scarcity. All resources seem limited, and, in the natural sense, this is true. Material things on earth really are in limited supply and this perception is so pervasive in human life that it becomes easy to forget that “scarcity” in the natural realm does not extend into the supernatural one.

There is no shortage of resources in God and there never will be. If our spiritual “tanks” are empty, He is always able to fill them again to the brim and make them overflow onto others.

 This thought was written by Shea Oakley.  Shea is Primary Contributor for FCAP Social Media and also serves on our Advisory Board.

IN THE JETSTREAM – November 2022

    A.W. Tozer once wrote, “What comes to mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” I have always found this to be true! If we think of God as vindictive and judging, we will be reluctant to come into close fellowship with Him. If we think of God as absent, permissive, and unlikely to interact with His creation, this will also affect how we interact with God. If we think God is either of these things, we are very unlikely to want to share God with the world.

So the question becomes, “How should we think about God?” Fortunately for us, God actually tells us in Exodus 34:6 what kind of God He is and, therefore, how we should think about Him. In this passage, God tells Moses that He is “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”  There is a lot in this verse, so let’s break it down bit by bit!

Compassionate and Gracious

      The very first thing that God says about Himself is that He is “compassionate and gracious.” These words in Hebrew are the same words that the Bible uses to describe the love and care that parents have for their children. And just like a parent, He shows empathy toward His children. That is part of why Jesus came as a human. He came as the suffering servant who is able to empathize with us as one who actually lived through the worst kind of suffering imaginable. Our God cares for us in a way that can only be described as parental, self-sacrificing love. This clearly shows us that the first thing God wants us to know about Him is that He cares for us with the love and care of a parent.

Loving and Faithful

     God then says that He is “slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”  What is God trying to communicate here? God is saying that He is a God that is stable. He is consistent. He is safe. He is a refuge of unfailing love. He isn’t a vindictive God that harshly judges people. However, this does not mean He is never angry. He says that He is “slow to anger.”  If God was never angry at the many evils in the world, how could He truly be a good God? God’s anger is directed at the evil done against His children. He is a God who defaults to patience and love and care but will defend His children against the evil one that seeks to destroy them. God wants us to know that He is a God who wants to be a safe place for His children, safe from judgment and safe from evil.

Throughout this verse, we have seen how God describes Himself: as a parent who loves and cares for His children, and is faithful and consistent. As John says later in the New Testament, God is Love. He is the ultimate representation of love in a world that so often chooses to pursue anything but Him. But He is also a God who rises up in defense of the vulnerable when His anger is kindled against evil.

Worth Knowing and Sharing

     All of these characteristics are a part of what it means to think rightly about God, and thinking rightly about Him can change everything. It changes how we live, work, and have relationships with other people. This is the kind of God whom we worship, and this is a God who is worth knowing. This is a God that is worth sharing with the world, especially for those working in the airline industry! You have the opportunity to engage with people from all over the world just by going to work! You can make sure the people you come across are able to hear about who God really is! JRM

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James R. Maasen is the newest addition to our FCAP staff, serving in the role of Ministry Manager.  He comes to us with a passionate heart for the Lord and many gifts and abilities God has nurtured in him through his education and previous vocational experiences. 

James loves seeing normal people take part in the mission of God. This has been a passion of his whether he was working as a Director at Chick-fil-A, a pastor, or an administrator for a counseling company. He believes that God is able to take our work and make it a part of how He intends to redeem the whole world through Jesus. James is excited to see how God will continue to work through the lives of airline people as a means of moving the Kingdom of God forward. 

 James has been married to Leah for 6 years, and they have a two-year-old son named Ezra. They live just outside of St Louis and love exploring their city together.

 Please feel free to contact our new Ministry Manager so you can be blessed in getting to know him as we have. 

Email:  james@fcap.org

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Meet LeeAnn Hurrle-Nelson!

My journey with the Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel began in 1985, and it continues to be a tremendous blessing to this day.

In November of that year, I was in training in Atlanta, Georgia to become a Flight Attendant for Delta Airlines.  Two flight attendants came to our training class to introduce us to a Christian ministry called FCAP.  They invited us to a dinner at the home of Minnie V Baker, who lived close to the airport.  It was there that my world as a believer began.

Within four months I was invited to an FCAP International Convention at Mount Hermon in California.  Several people had been praying for me and arranged it so that I could join this event even for just one day and night.  While there, Minnie V invited me to the chapel.  She asked me, “Would you like to receive Jesus into your heart?”  I replied “Yes” and then quickly got onto a bus to get to the San Jose airport to report to flight reserve duty in Dallas, my base at the time.  My first roommate, Lisa, was very instrumental in nurturing my baby steps, and Lisa is still an important encourager in my faith.

From then on, I attended all the FCAP Conventions and met many Christians from different airlines all around the world.  I was inspired to work heartily as unto my Lord and Savior.  I would walk down the aisle as a flight attendant believing “Jesus on the inside working on the outside.”  I always tried to reflect God’s light and joy in the workplace.

Being single, I transferred to Cincinnati, Salt Lake City and Boston and was part of beginning and maintaining FCAP Fellowships in these bases.  I grew in my faith as I joined Bible studies and fellowships that were in my base and around the world.  I always carried a TRIM TAB newsletter (now called IN THE JETSTREAM) in my carry-on luggage.  As I traveled in cities around the globe, I would have the names of other FCAP Christians with whom I knew I could connect while on layovers or vacations.  I had a network of new friends everywhere I traveled.  What a blessing!

 

 

My world evolving around FCAP became my Friends, Family, Fellowship and Flourishing Faith!  FCAP has broadened my world and has connected me with people that have become my valuable encouragers!  I am especially grateful for Paul, Cathy, Edward, Marlene, and Kathleen for nurturing me in my faith.

I retired as a flight attendant with Delta in August of 2020, due to the pandemic and the retirement package Delta offered. I still maintain important relationships within this Fellowship.  One great opportunity is the Zoom meetings offered for women every other Tuesday morning.  We share and pray with women from all around the world.

I was honored to have been asked to serve on the FCAP Board of Directors in 2017 and am still active in that role.  What an ongoing privilege and rich blessing FCAP is for me.  Thank you, God, for the ministry of FCAP.

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Family is a very important part of LeeAnn’s life.  She and her husband, Joel, love traveling in their motorhome and on their motorcycles.  It has been their privilege to minister in a “Cowboy Church” for a number of years.

We in FCAP thank the Lord for bringing LeeAnn to Himself, to be a part of our FCAP family and to be a shining light of encouragement and hope throughout the airlines of the world…and wherever the Lord takes them. ~ The FCAP Staff

 

 

 

 

BOI Airport Chapel Barbeque

Several times each year, the Boise Airport Chapel holds a barbeque at the airport for employees. Their most recent one took place in September. Our special thanks to Barbara James for traveling from Newark to help with the event and to all who helped with food preparation! Here are a few additional photos:

Welcoming a New Generation!

Recently staff and students at LeTourneau University expressed interest in beginning a student chapter of FCAP on campus.  LeTourneau is a Christian Polytechnic University located in Longview, Texas.  Among numerous course studies, they provide a College of Aviation and Aeronautical Science.

On Friday, October 7, the first steps were taken to make this student chapter of FCAP reality.  Nick Kuklenski and Eugene Kraybill traveled there to represent FCAP International in addressing students during chapel time.  The inaugural Small Group Student Chapter of FCAP plans to meet on Friday, October 21.

 

Please join us in prayer as a new generation of aviation students learn how they can make a difference for God’s kingdom in their chosen vocational field, and as they commit to doing that for His glory.

Nick (left) with Eugene (right)

A special thanks to Nick and Eugene for taking the time to invest in the lives of these students.  (Nick is a Pilot with American Airlines based in DFW.  Eugene is Chief Pilot for Mesa Airlines and Chaplain at IAD; he also serves on our FCAP Board of Directors.)